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Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Robert Harris, Oct 22, 2013.
I consider it one of the finest films in the past 120 years or so.
how do you fit that in a top ten list? I can't
You make room. It's not too difficult.
Not speaking for RAH, but
a) Not trying to be condescending but the question of a personal top ten list is so subjective that I doubt anyone's top ten looks the same. Even the Sight and Sound top ten is an aggregate. The point being that consensus does not exist amongst noted film makers, critics, etc.
b) The film is a magnificent epic that really conveys the sense of adventure and spirit that was part of the 'Space Race'.
Like I said before, not a top ten film for me, but I admire it enough to believe that others would place it in their personal top ten films.
This film is special for me, because I grew up about 1/2 mile away from the temporary NASA headquarters in Houston, before the huge Manned Spacecraft Center opened out in the suburbs. I can remember Gordon Cooper and Scott Carpenter jogging through the neighborhood and watching the launches on TV as if they were "our boys."
I remember either Time or Newsweek giving the film a cover story, trumpeting it as a shoo-in for the Oscar and everyone being amazed when it proved to be a box-office disappointment. I did have a minor problem with how clownish they made LBJ, but seeing the film at Hollywood's Chinese Theatre was an experience I'll never forget. It was the first film I ever saw there.
I can't count it among my top ten, but it IS a magnificent film.
I've always thought the varying tones of this film to be one of its great strengths.
A movie that's only, unrelentingly, jingoistically heroic makes me pull back; I don't trust it. It's selling too hard.
But a movie that shows me the astronauts running down the hall with enema bags, and then shows them being brave as all get out getting shot out into space as spam in a can? A movie that gives us at least a glimpse of what it was like to be an astronaut's wife? Yes, please.
Sobering, stray thought: There's more time between us now and the movie's release than between the events the movie depicts and its release. Get busy livin'.
My recollection is that Newseek had a cover story asking "Can a Movie Help Elect a President?," tying in John Glenn's 1983-4 run for president.
Let's see if we can find it...
And here it is:
Yes, that's the one. Thanks, Tom!
You mean why did it loose to such a powerful masterpiece as Terms of Endearment? One of the greatest romances of all time? starring the great Jack Nicholson?! WHY YOU ASK?!?!? WHY?!?!?
Because the Academy gets it wrong most of the time! That's why.
Which is why the walk-on part by the real life Chuck Yeager, talking to those bozos, is so wonderful.
"Y'all wanna drink whiskey?"
with stuff like the Godfather ,Kane,2001,and Lawrence I would have a hard time fitting in the six spaces left I just think the Director is not a top ten director
Hes has made some very good films ,But for my taste he's missing a great visual sense
Peter, I am guessing that you haven't seen Kaufman's remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Unbearable Lightness of Being or Henry and June. In my opinon, he has a fairly unique visual sense that is always surprising and sometimes disorienting. Never boring and the Right Stuff proves he can make a truly heroic film! I can't wait to have this on Blu-Ray!!
This blu will be the first time I will ever be laying eyes on the film. Was always curious. Even more curious to that Audio track of 96K upsampling. With my new receiver and martin logan speakers esp the front 3 electrostat speakers I can't wait hear if I notice better sound or not. I think there are very very few BLU releases with that audio format.
I have always liked this film and can't wait to get the blu. It sounds like it'll be fantastic. Also not one of my top ten films. Maybe not even top 20, but hovering thereabouts.
Growing up in Houston in the late 60's, the moon race was always close to home. I even got to meet Sally Rand once, as her grandson was a classmate and he got her to come to our class and bring her fans for show and tell. I always smile at the scene of her dancing in the film.
I grew up near Houston during that time era and yes the space program was a big deal in the '60s. I still fondly recall Jules Bergman's (Jules - what a great name for a science reporter) coverage of the program.
I saw an interview with Ed Harris who mentioned that was the first and the last time his picture was on the cover of a magazine.
Certainly in my top ten of all time.
I have to agree. This is a masterpiece.
Yes I saw all of those ,and the Wanderers The Right Stuff,could be a great BR ,
More a Writer-Director writer first ,who hires fine DPs